Bob Menendez

Judge strikes down 4 bribery counts in Menendez case

WASHINGTON _ Four of the bribery counts against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and his longtime Florida friend and political donor have been struck down in a ruling that cites key campaign finance decisions, but 22 still stand.tmpplchld A New Jersey federal judge sided with defense attorneys on charges stemming from Salomon Melgen's donations to Menendez's "Fund to Uphold the Constitution" legal defense fund that benefited the senator. Citing McCormick v. United States, a corruption case involving a West Virginia lawmaker, and the Citizens United ruling, the court determined two $20,000 donations were protected political speech.tmpplchld But the six opinions issued Monday...